Public hearing on re-zoning request adjourned
Thursday, Nov 09, 2017 06:00 am
A public hearing held during the regular meeting of Airdrie City council Nov. 6 was adjourned after two hours to allow members of council to review all of the material presented. The public hearing will be re-opened at the Nov. 20 regular council meeting.
“I don’t feel that I’ve had enough time to review everything that we’ve been provided with today,” Coun. Tina Petrow said.
The public hearing was held to allow residents to provide input into a re-zoning request for 309 Main Street North. The applicant, Dr. Kyla Miller, wants to build a two-storey health services building at that location but requires the site to be re-zoned from residential to direct control.
Miller had previously made the request in March 2016, but was met with significant concern from residents regarding parking, privacy and safety. Council turned down her request at that time. Miller then engaged the services of an architect, traffic impact analyst and geotechnical engineer and held an open house for residents July 10. She re-submitted a revised application, which she said dealt with many of the concerns residents of the area indicated they had.
Residents of Old Town, where the property is located, mainly spoke against the revised application at the Nov. 6 public hearing. A petition against the project with 46 signatures was received by the City, although 25 letters of support were also received.
Mayor Peter Brown said people who had already spoken during the Nov. 6 public hearing would not be allowed to speak again unless they “were offering something new” to the discussion when the public hearing is re-opened Nov. 20.
Council dealt with five pieces of correspondence at the Nov. 20 meeting.
A request from a resident to draft a new bylaw for parking was filed for information. Deputy Mayor Candice Kolson requested a letter be sent to the resident informing them of the decision.
Council unanimously approved a request from North Rocky View Community Links that November be proclaimed Family Violence Month in Airdrie and City Hall lit up in purple on Nov. 23.
Council also received a letter from a resident with concerns over parking in back alleyways. A motion was made by Coun. Al Jones that the matter be handed over to the City’s Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) for discussion and that TAC return to council with recommendations at an upcoming meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
A request from a resident to ban all backyard wood fires was filed as correspondence with a letter being sent to the resident explaining council’s decision.
A request from the Airdrie Pride Society to proclaim Nov. 14 to 20 as Transgender Awareness Week and Nov. 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance was considered by council. The proclamation request was unanimously approved, however, a second request to raise the transgender flag at City Hall to honour all transgender individuals lost to violence in 2016 was delayed.
According to Sharon Pollyck, director of the Chief Administrative Officer’s office, the flag pole at City Hall cannot be used because the Canadian flag and Canada 150 flag are already flying and there is no room for a third flag. Council directed administration to investigate if there is a flagpole elsewhere in Airdrie where the transgender flag could be raised.